Baltic Porter | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by drpimento on 02-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a caramel brown with brilliant amber and garnet highlights. two fingers of of light tan head top it off, with good retention (about three minutes).

aroma is of caramel malts and light roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate malts. a grainy base gives platform for the malts. light fruit is in the background, along with a distant floral hop presence after a bit of warming.

taste is malty up front, similar to a doppelbock with caramel malts and light roasted and chocolate malts. the grainy base is still present, this time taking away a bit from the malty body. finishes on a light alcoholic note with residual grain and caramel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and soft CO2. finishes with a light alcoholic bite and a slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. this brew carries a higher alcohol tag than the flavors present would suggest, but is still masked quite well. could be a bit richer, but still nicely proportioned as is. not bad, but not the best we have seen from capital.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh... $10.50 a four pack. Ugly and dull labels. Pours a brown amber with a thick khaki head. Looks nothing like any Baltic Porter I've seen.

Smells like Capital yeast, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, and roasted malt. No fruit esters. Doesn't smell like any Baltic Porter I've ever smelled.

Tastes creamy and chocolaty with vanilla notes and sweet cake flavor. Tastes like a milky way at times. Nougat is present but there are hardly any dark fruit flavors...maybe just a touch of fig or rasion but not much. Doesn't taste like any Baltic Porter I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, no hint of the 8.5% ABV, on the sweet side, with an odd nougatty feel, like little particles of nougat or caramel are sticking to your tongue. Doesn't feel like any Baltic Porter I've had.

Drinkability: Just fine. A rather good and easy going beer. Doesn't' drink like any Baltic Porter I've had.

This is a good beer but I have to give it low ratings for calling itself a Baltic Porter. I don't get the label. There doesn't seem to be anything Baltic Porter like about it.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newest offering in the Capital Square lineup (see also: Eisphyre, Vintage Ale). Sold in 4-packs for about $10.50, which is a significant hike from those previous offerings. The new labels are pretty ugly too.

It pours to a dark amber brown, certainly on the lighter side of the Baltic Porter spectrum. Perfect clarity. The head is trim and beige, and quickly fall to the collar.
It noses very similar to their Doppelbocks, mostly sweet caramel. There's a slight dusting of cocoa, but no real roasted or dark fruity traits.
It flows through the mouth with that familiar caramel/vanilla and bread dough maltiness that almost all bigger Capitals have. There are some stunted fig notes, then it meanders towards molasses and chocolate. It returns to its origins later on, and rides out with that same doughy caramel-vanilla nougat. I'm a sucker for this. While I find this overly one-note and lacking things that are important for a Baltic Porter, I also find this delicious and effective as a beer, though not to style at all.
The mouthfeel is a lightly sticky medium-plus, with enough carbonation to scrape the mouth clean and propel additional quaffs. It's hugely drinkable for a big, simple, sweet beer. Smooth is a term that used so liberally as to almost void it of meaning, but this is accurately called "smooth".
This is tough to rate. Initially, I was disappointed, and still am to a degree. This simply doesn't have everything it needs to be considered among the great (or even good) Baltic Porters, and generally seems toothless, and much more a doppelbock than anything. It also doesn't help that I could grab 4 Okocim Porter 500mL bottles for about the same price. On the other hand, it's a thoroughly agreeable and enjoyable drinker, that I will grudgingly buy more of. That's the sort of half-assed endorsement that this deliciously mediocre beer deserves.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep red, much more red than I anticipated. A deep and rich mahogany once poured into my glass. Quite an active pour, and initially the head was good sized, but it fizzed down to a covering within seconds.

Aroma is general fruitiness, and what I take to be an acidic quality. I don't even know if the nose can detect acids, but it smells like Duchessed de Bourgogne (sp?) to me. A little anyway. Smells good, but here as in the appearance, not what I expected.

Burnt caramel and toasted malt hit me like a ton of bricks. A little licorice lurks beneath the surface. The initial shock wore off quickly, and a sweet yet bitter coffee-like flavor comes into play. A little cherry, and I almost taste grape. Minimal hop flavor, if any (I might just be tasting the roasted bitterness), and alcohol is well hidden.

A bit thin, although as to mouthfeel to style, I have no idea. A bit thin for my liking though. Otherwise no problem here.

This beer smells great, but everything else was just alright. I'm glad I tried it, but probably won't sample again.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, $3.49 somewhere (yikes overpriced)

appearance: i like the labels just fine, with the orpheum sign and classy presentation. anyways, beer pours into a snifter - clear amber-mahogany with a creamy tan lace

smell: aroma is definitely Capital - caramel apple malts, moderate hopping...hmm

taste: more of the same - not much of a baltic porter and tastes all too familiar to a variety of other capital offerings...of course this does claim to be only part porter (and the other part lager) but i get mostly lager. its not a bad beer, but its not what i was expecting

mouthfeel: creamy and nutty, a bit boozy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Brown body with amber tint. Lighter in color than most porters, much less higher gravity Baltic Porters. Two fingers of off white head that just drops off the face of the earth quite quickly.

S - Lots of herbal notes, anise and maybe clove(?). Some sweet chocolate hides underneath in the unexpected nose.

T - The beer starts out with a vienna lager esque sweetness. Some sweey chocolate malt hits for a bit, before it is balenced out by roasted malt dryness, herbs, and piney hops. Finishes sweet, with some metalic notes.

M - Good mouthfeel, asertive without feeling too heavy. Carbonation was just right.

D - Interesting version of the style, as much of this beer reminded me of an Octoberfest. The mix of herbs and chocolate threw me at first, but did start to grow on me by the end. Can't say I would run out and grap all that you can find, but deffinatly worth a shot, if for no other reason than to try something a bit different.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of shbobdb
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A faithful interpretation of a Baltic porter, even if it isn't the most inspired I've had. A good combination of continental malts but there is something extra, something roasted and chocolatey that bespeaks a more English influence. Ahhh, good stuff.

The smell of the beer is fairly muted. A pinch of alcohol, mixed with plums and chocolate.

The taste follows in that same vein. It has a strong doppelbock like start -- rich, dark stone fruits. I mostly get plums. Then there is a nice lull in the middle. Clean and sweet would be the best way to describe it. I want to describe it as some sort of fruit juice, but I don't know precisely which kind of juice. A deeper complexity than sugar water, but not much. Then the chocolate shows up. Milk chocolate mixed with a nice, lightly roasted flavor. The chocolate flavor lingers in the aftertaste, it feels like my mouth has been lightly coated in chocolate powder.

I like it. It manages to have many of the same characteristics as the Eastern European iterations of the style that I like so much. However, the sweetness isn't quite as balanced in this version. Make no mistake, the Eastern European version are incredibly sweet, pancake-syrup worthy even, but they don't feel cloying. But the sweetness in this version is much more noticable. Personally, I blame the moderate, English-style carbonation.

Still a very good brew.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Incredibly sweet, incredibly fruity, slight banana bread and slight aroma of cooked vegetables. Not really sure where the porter is in this. Slight vanilla and wood, mostly sugary, caramel, syrupy sweetness. Mouthfell not that bad, but for a Baltic Porter, this beer is really lacking in the long run.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 1148 printed on the neck. No other info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle! I haven't seen it anywhere.

A - The pour gives this beer a low tan, effervescent head with no retention and nothing left really. The body is a clear dark brown with amber highlights.

S - The nose seems just ever-so-slightly off somehow but is teeming with toasted malts, mainly caramel, and a robust sweetness. Very reminiscent of a dopplebock actually.

T - I can't unwrap my head around this not being a dopplebock and the flavor only intensifies that idea. A mix in flavor between dark toasted malts and toasted caramel malts give this beer a strong malty-sweet flavor totally devoid of hops.

M - Smooth and crisp with a full-body. A sharp carbonation bite finishes out the end of the feel.

D - It's very sweet and malty. It could use a very tiny bit more of balance but it's a good, smooth, easy drinking, or easy sipping beer. It's definitely in Capital's expertise of brewing though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra in a trade recently. I was stoked to try it by I have to admit I was kinda let down in the end. Served chilled in a goblet and consumed on 02/17/2009.

The pour was not good for me. First off it was light, transparent, almost dark red ale like in color with a small head that quickly faded, not the strong, dark and opaque beer you would expect from the style. The aroma was faint of roasted malts, dark fruits and a touch of molasses. Light feel as well as this one was no where near thick enough. Light flavor here with just a touch of tartness and a light roasted note in the finish. Easy to drink as the flavor was non existent for me throughout most of it. A train wreck in my opinion given the style, I would not go back.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm, very dark chocolate brown. A little light can get through it when held up to a light, but definitely no transparency at all. In an imperial pint glass, it forms about an inch and a half of off-white , medium bubble foam that recedes slowly, leaving no lace at all.

A sweet, somewhat musty smell out of the bottle picks up a bit of caramelized maltiness in the glass. It's a little cloying for my nose. The taste follows the smell. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but a surprising amount of caramel smoothness, almost stickiness. After the first couple of sips the bitterness fades completely and I feel like my mouth is coated. It's definitely interesting, and not what I was expecting.

The 8.5% ABV doesn't really hit you in the mouth, and the lack of bite would let you drink this pretty fast if you weren't paying attention. That would probably be unwise. Still, decent drinkability score considering just how much booze is packed in here. All told though, this is an interesting novelty but not likely one I'll be picking up again.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A--Pours a dark red/brown with around a finger of head that recedes very quickly in my pint glass

S--Sweet yet mild...pears, banana, grapes. Caramel malts.

T--Brown sugar, toffee, raisins. Very malty sweetness.

M--Thin, but not watery

D--I just didn't like this one enough to want to drink it. Pretty average all the way around.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of VictorWisc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark amberish / brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, and I'm getting a light smoked wood. Tastes of roast, dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel. Alcohol content hidden.

Notes from: 7/19/08

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The drink pours a reddish-brown amber with off-white foam that quickly reduces to a ring that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is lightly malty with bit of chocolate-covered fruit.

Taste is juicy and fruity with a thin chocolatey note.

The drink is a touch watery and thin.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, grain, caramel, brown sugar, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is smooth, thick, and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and acidity. Overall, a brew that was much better than I was expecting. Good blend, noticeable alcohol and acidity (but neither overpowering), and good body.

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Photo of Greggy
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger head over a nice dark brown/black body. No sediment is present.

S- Very nice dark chocolate, vanilla, bit of gram cracker, slight tough of caramel. The nose is a little tight but after you get into it, it's pretty nice.

T- Starts off quite sweet with notes of dark fruit, raison and prune then moves onto a more chocolate, toasted grains, and dryer finish. Quite nice.

M- Low carbonation that is almost to much but works. The finish on the beer is nice.

D- There's 8.5% in here somewhere. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep chestnut brown with a slim sudsy beige head. Nice hue for a Brown Ale, but not a Baltic Porter.

Smell -- What is going on here?? Aromas very reminiscent of Old Ales: brandy-soaked dark fruit, toffee, molasses, and some gentle spice. Very interesting!

Taste -- Interesting flavor profile: figs and dates, toffee, toasted nuts, brandy, and gentle spice. There's been some significant oxidation - thanks, twist top - that is perceived as sherry and a bit of wet cardboard flavor. Alcohol is not at all well hidden, indeed it is a bit sharp. Lingering flavors of toffee and vegetal bitterness. Overall, lots of pleasant aspects against plenty of unpleasant ones ending in something of a draw.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation that turns out to be gentle on the tongue.

Drinkability -- I bought this as a single within the past week, so there is a good chance that these have not seen ideal aging conditions. Honestly, this wasn't too bad, though I wouldn't call it a Baltic Porter. Much more akin to a light-bodied Old Ale at this point in its life. Very interesting. If for some reason you see this kicking around at your local bottle shop, give it a shot. It's worth the risk.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is molasses, toffee, and hints of floral hops. The taste is mostly molasses with a little toffee mixed in. It is quite mundane and weak or a Baltic Porter. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but a pour Baltic Porter. I can't see myself drink this again.

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A dark, hybrid experience"... a little outside the style guidelines, so I won't judge it strictly to style.

A: Mahogany with a light tan head, very little retention slight lacing.

S: Capitals lagers have a house aroma that I can't quite describe, but is sort of Germanic. Burnt toffee, dark fruit, caramel & hints of bubblegum-like fruity esters.

T: Dark bread, nice spicing & dark fruit are reminiscent of Christmas cake. Slightly nutty, earthy, caramel and hints of chocolate covered cherries. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. It's very nice, but not a Baltic Porter.

M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy with a dry alcohol finish. Carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: Very drinkable for it's strength.

This "hybrid" is a little odd for the style. It would be a great winter warmer (it's even a little doppelbock-like).

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into my New Belgium chalice yields a thick one-finger head, that fades to a ring, over a nearly-opaque slightly cloudy walnut colored body. Pretty enough.

Smell is all lovely roasted malts: chocolate, prunes, cinnamon bread dough, cherries, vanilla ice cream, with a slight hint of metallic hops. Smells real good!

Taste matches the smell, although not quite a strong. The heavy roasting comes through, though, with a solid note of coffee. Very pleasant and warming! Better as the beer warms up. All malt, very little hops, exactly to style. Long coffee finish and aftertaste. Mmmmm. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is helped by nice carbonation.

The excellent malt roundness completely hides the alcohol. Very smooth and easy drinking.

If this were available in Colorado, it would definitely be one of my go-to beers. Thanks, shbobdb, for this excellent brew. You obviously know what I like.

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Baltic Porter from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 54 ratings